SST October: Fear The Drowning Deep by Sarah Glenn Marsh 

​It’s SST time again. Whoooo. It’s been a while. I know. That was not my intent. I actually wrote posts, never typed them up, you know how that goes. Excuses, excuses. 
Today. I’m going to share a few of my favourite quotes from an ARC of Fear The Drowning Deep by Sarah Glenn Marsh, a book that came out this month and if you’re into horrifying historical fiction and romance, this is the book for you!!! 
1. “Who enjoyed the things others seemed grotesque or unworthy?”
2. “The cool shade of the trees enveloped me. I’m in the woods. The sigh of the wind was louder than the breath of the sea.”
3. “I lingered at the edge of the market, wanting to explain why I couldn’t join him, yet I couldn’t put it into words. Something was pulling me toward home, reeling me in like a fish or one of Da’s hooks.”
Here’s to hoping for a productive November! 


Ten Books That Changed My Life Through Word Of Mouth

​Happy Tuesday! Lots of lovely books are coming out today and I hope that you are able to grab even one of them. I rec Still Life With Tornado by A.S. King and Fear The Drowning Deep by Sarah Glenn Marsh. Both women are lovely, intelligent, and wonderful writers and I’m sure you won’t regret your purchase. 
My life has been changed by the recommendations of the book community as a whole from bloggers to writers to authors to readers to agents to editors to booksellers to marketers. All have come together to put out lists of books that people can use to find themselves and better understand the people in the world around them. 
I think when we talk about word of mouth we sometimes miss describing the beauty of it when we describe its value. Word of mouth is magical to me. Think about how wonderful it is that you and I can become connected across oceans by ink droplets on starched paper. That you and I can open a book being one way and then close it being another. That you and I can simply type a title and then someone else can get that title and pass it on and on and on and touch something deep and difficult to articulate within multitudes of people. That’s beautiful to me. I don’t know, maybe it’s just me.
Three books I’ve read and been changed by because of Nic Stone

1. The First Time She Drowned by Kerry Kletter: a raw read that made me feel like I was being physically torn apart. 

2. Everything That Leads To You by Nina LaCour: a read that fulled me with joy and laughter and made me realise the importance of happy stories and write over 20K in four days of the base of a happy story. 

3. Highly Illogical Behaviour by John Corey Whaley: She talked about him so often I had to make him a priority and when I did, oh when I did, I got a read that made me think, made me feel, made me live and that’s a goal I pursue daily. 

She really is so great at recommendations. The black Dahlia. Speaking of Dahlia…

Three books I’ve read that changed me because  an author, a reader, and a freelance writer in that order gave them to me: 

4. How To Repair A Mechanical Heart by J.C. Lillis: a read about religion and relationships that was funny and painfully true. Given by the wonderful Dahlia Adler. (Click to see diverse books you should be looking out for!)

5. Juliet Takes A Breath by Gabby Rivera: a read about being brown and loving yourself the way you are as well as politics and problematic elements in books and human beings. Given by Carolyn. (Click to follow Carolyn on Twitter!)


6. Zami: A New Spelling of My Name by Audre Lorde: a book about love and pain and blackness that is beautiful. More beautiful than the sweetest music that could touch an ear. Given by Michael Waters.  (Click to get to his website where you can find his social media links and all his posts and the blog series, YA Open Mic. Think of all that useful information, all those interesting posts you can use to procrastinate instead of doing your work, just at the click of his name! And it’s his birthday. Yes, you’re welcome!) 

 A series I’ve read because of the book community (7-9): Legend by Marie Lu.

 I recommended this to one of my guy friends and he devoured the entire series. 

A book that I loved so much it led to so much more than I could imagine: Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. You should also pre-order the second novel, The Upside Of Unrequited ASAP, so you can flip all the way to the back and see my lovely name. I’m kidding, obviously so you can read a raw, heartwrenching read that means loads to me and comes out in April. 

How are you doing? OMG, drop all the blog links. I want to catch up on EVERYTHING. 


Top Ten Tuesday: Fall TBR Or Nah? 

​Here’s the quick run down of my Fall TBR because quickly scheduling this last one so the month is prepped and honestly don’t have much to say for this one. Give me your thoughts? 


(Already calling it.) 
1. Finish TROUJLH. 

2. Grasshopper Jungle. 

3. Stand Off. 

4. Please Ignore Vera Dietz. 

5. The Five Stages Of Andrew Brawley. 

6. Fear The Drowning Deep. 

7. If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo. 

8. Still Life With Tornado by A.S. King. 

9. 27 Hours.  

10. Reread FANS. 
And watching Escape From Alcatraz and Mommie Dearest. And keeping up with HTGAWM. 
What’s your fall TBR? Or things YOU want to watch? 

The Saturday Oreo: If I Were A Backlist Reader, Which Authors Would Be On My TBR? 

Hi! This is another idea that I thought could be an original post and that is from my positivity notebook. My positivity notebook has a ten positive things list for each day and sometimes people, situations, and places. There’s some travel journal entries to use for my stories set in Jamaica in there, and every day since I watched a New Age Creators video in July about writing happy things from the day and how that made the person happier and I decided to try it out as a self care technique and it’s been really helpful. 

Example: 10 Positive Things About 24 September is probably going to be written in my notebook tonight and then the ten positive things about today or it was done yesterday, 23 September. I force ten because I think it makes me search for the positive things and see them easier moving forward. Sometimes I’ll do a bonus and add extra if I can come up with any and it makes me happy. 


  1. John Corey Whaley—Highly Illogical Behavior was powerful, beautiful, and funny! My next would be Noggin. 
  2. Andrew Smith—Grasshopper Jungle and Stand-Off would be next. 
  3. Shaun David Hutchinson—seems to write about the intersection of mental illness and queerness a lot and just a bit overdue. I’d read his two books that are out that everyone has raved about. 
  4. A. S. King. I actually started reading backlist for this author. I have gotten through Glory, I Crawl Through It, and Ask The Passengers. All are excellent but I need Please Ignor Vera Dietz before Still Life with Tornado (11 October 16) comes out of that were possible.
  5. All the Morris debut award winners that are #ownvoices.  Can’t be that many of those. 
  6. Dahlia Adler because she’s so funny. The one I’d read is Just Visiting. 
  7. Nina LaCour because you know how positively ELTY affected me. The next one would be You Know Me Well. 
  8. David Levithan because I’ve liked what I’ve read. Next: Hold Me Closer and Boy Meets Boy. 
  9. Victoria Schwab: not really backlist but AGOS. 
  10. Patrick Ness: He’s very talented as a writer and his work is original and beautiful. He definitely sets a standard for good reading. I’d read the Chaos Walking trilogy. 

All right, that’s enough for today. Whose back list would you devour??? Hope you’re having a lovely Saturday! 

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Reasons Why I Love My Ears 

In poem form. Credit for this TTT goes to The Broke and The Bookish. 

I love my ears because 

I can hear the sounds of 

Rapid fire Spanish spill out of the mouth of a man that sometimes feels less than 

But doesn’t realise that the words spilling out of his mouth are done so 

In an art form so complete it shivers underneath my skin like the sudden autumn chill after a warm summer except it feels good. 

I love my ears because 

I can hear the little kids feeling young 

Their whoops of joy and triumph as I push them into space and 

Call them space princes and princesses and they fly and I imagine that we are connected 

I imagine that 

We are all floating together but they float higher and freer 

Than me. 

I love my ears because 

I can hear my friends tell their snarky  jokes and smile. 

I love my ears because 

I can hear the precious accents of my online friends whether through a phone call or a video chat and feel soothed. 

I love my ears because 

I can hear the night sounds

The crickets 

The cars

The Jamaican dad screaming “Taneisha!!!” 

The cat mewling as I give him part of my beef patty and my too salty eggs and plantain in the morning. 

I love my ears because 

I can hear music and I can hear what puts my heart back together and makes it want to beat again. 

The Saturday Oreo: What have I learned over the summer?

  • So. Today is technically the last Saturday of summer or at least before the autumnal equinox since obviously not a holiday break.  I started this as an entry in my first positivity notebook/travel journal because I saw a commercial for the Brooklyn Public Library that said kids lost a months worth of learning so this was me recalling what I had learner up to that point (14 Aug 16) I have learned more since then.
  •  The Jamaican educational system 
  • How Jamaican immigrants have been affected by American racism. 
  • How stopping learning the way of things in your field for a brief amount of time can help you do something extraordinary and unprecedented and originally you within said field, no matter how small. 
  • How success can be failure and how failure can be success (how societal systems steal creativity and are working rather than failing) 
  • The  possibilities off my phone rather than on it. 
  • The life of Marina of Marina and The Diamonds. 
  • The Other + Othering, sociology in regards to the use of the word diverse in the book world. (CW)
  • The fluidity of gender and in human beings
  • iO Tiller Wright’s life, his project of Self Evident.
  • Why a planner might not work for some people and finding planner peace 
  • A way of maintaining motivation throughout the school year 
  • How teenagers are affected by adults disrespecting the validity of their ideas and intelligence 
  • Cass Audrey 
  • How to get lost in learning people 
  • How to self care 
  • NYC again and Kingston and the lands in Jamaica which I loved  
  • What life was like for young QWOC from Audre Lorde. 
  • Some of my family history that I didn’t know before. 
  • How beautiful the stars look with the lack of light pollution. 
  • What it’s like to have finished a manuscript 
  • To not give up vulnerability, feeling, and emotion because of bad experiences with people. It closes me off, limits me, whilst giving power to a person who isn’t deserving of it or even asking for it. 
  • How to budget 
  • How to be productive again 
  • How to leave parts of yourself behind and really allow yourself to start fresh 
  • How to put down the phone and be comfortable going the majority of the day without looking at my phone. 
  • How to use technology to further productivity rather than inhibit it. 
  • How good it feels to read books without interpretation.  
  • To not let myself be trapped in the mediocre existence of social cues anymore. 
  • To love and enjoy being in the moment and face fears and take risks I wouldn’t have otherwise a few years ago with the encouragement of others but also stand firm with my boundaries without feeling ashamed. 
  • What it’s like to see your first theatre show.
  • How philosophical it is to be thousands of feet in the air. 
  • To truly hear and breathe and sew and live in every moment. 
  • How to be less scared to share my work. 
  • To want to seek out things to learn and be young and full of wonder. 

    What have you learned this summer? 

    Summer Olympics Book Tag 

    This was originally created by Shannon

    I was not tagged but discovered this from Joey sometime during August and I actually wrote it, like handwritten draft in August.  But the way that my blogging schedule is set up, I didn’t have space for it until this week. The same thing is happening to a post I want to do about what I learned this summer which I am still going to post because it’s always good to share what you learn, so some people can get something out of it. It’s a list but included some Ted Talks I want to share whether you watch or not, someone might watch or listen and it could teach them something interesting and that’s honestly what matters most. 

    I do a pattern that goes sort of like 2-3-2-3 or 3-2-3-2. I alternate it according to my feels. The majority of the posts this month and a few discussion posts into next month are from August/early September before labor day weekend or at least the ideas/drafts (especially for discussion posts). It’s such a life saver to schedule in advance. I highly recommend it—doing whatever important project you have before its due, long before if you can, or at least starting it if the due date isn’t definitive. It will help you out. Anyway, this is a tag not a discussion post on why you need to spend your free time doing the thing so let’s move forward. 

     Opening Ceremony: a book you loved from the first page—Made You Up by Francesca Zappia. “If I was good at the grocery store, I got a Yoo-hoo. If I was really good, I got to see the lobsters.” 

    Cycling: favorite road trip book-—Mosquitoland by David Arnold. It’s really powerful, beautiful, and it was original and not trite for me. 

    Triathlon: a book with a good love triangle—Radu, Mehmed, and Lada. 

    It doesn’t feel like a love triangle to me because it seems so much more authentic and full of anguish. It’s more one falls in love with someone who cannot love them back as far as they know and feels honest pain because it’s not a love they can deny because they feel this need to be by their beloved’s side. Mehmed could potentially be into the both of them and seems to love one of them back in a deep, raw way as well although it may be less painful for him and Lada and Radu are siblings and Lada is more viable for Mehmed. 

    Handball: a book you didn’t really get 

    Bone Gap by Laura Ruby. *Cue the horrified gasps of the readers who loved this book and the text messages in all CAPS.* I know a lot of people loved this book, if only for its prose, but even being close to being done, I DNF’d. 

    I don’t necessarily deny the power or the beauty of the book but sometimes although I like to think I love original, weird YA—and for the most part I usually do, all the recs please—there are a few that are or were just too much for me and this was one of them. 

    Beach Volleyball: a book set in the summer

    The First Time She Drowned by Kerry Kletter 

    Fencing: a book with fighting 

    Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. 

    Gymnastics: a book with plot twists 

    And I Darken by Kiersten White. Lists Inc by Paula Stokes. Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch. 

    Swimming: a book that made you sob

    I don’t tend to sob at books but a book that definitely made me feel was The Upside Of Unrequited and okay, get teary. 

    Golf: a slow paced book 

    Gabi, A Girl In Pieces—still loves it though and kept wanting to read. 

    Trampoline: a childhood favorite. 

    The Junie B. Jones series. It was so funny and really got me into my love for reading. My first chapter books that I read by myself and Diary Of A Wimpy Kid series because that was funny. 

    Equestrian: a book featuring animals 

    Simon Vs. 

    Hurdles: a book you struggled to finish 

    Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler. There were parts that were beautiful and I liked the art but about halfway through, I had to stop because the writing was too much for me. I enjoyed it when I was younger  and there’s lots of witty and hits the heart but a lot of the writing is much older and beyond YA. This book is much more suited for adults. Not NA but the general adult population. This book is an example of what we’re talking about when books are including teens but not targeting teens, to get the adults to buy and approve, forgetting about teens completely. 

    Synchronised Swimming: a book with a great friendship

    James and the MC of Kerry Kletter’s debut. Lada and Bogdan from AND I DARKEN. miles and the shoal school club: Theo, the twins, and Alexandra. Great group. Loved them so, so much. 

    All right, I tag anyone who is like me and would do a summer tag in what most would consider fall although technically fall doesn’t start until 21 September and when you’re reading this, it will still technically be summer even though by now it should be fall semester for everyone and everyone should be off of summer holiday by now who goes to school and all of the world and its mother is screaming about Halloween and sweater weather and fall candles and everything fall oriented as soon as it hits the first of September or the day after labor day weekend. 

    Anyway, it’s still technically summer, at least on this side of the world, even though it doesn’t feel like it, so if you’re a weirdo like me, I tag you to give it a try and did you watch the Paralympics/are you watching? I actually discovered it just this year so I’m going to try to catch a few events this year round even though it unfortunately isn’t treated as as big of a deal as the Olympics with able bodied people but I think it will be cool. 

    Okay, enough rambling. Bye, see you this Saturday for another discussion post! 

    (We are on a roll!!! *shows a picture of you and I smiling while standing on top of an actual, big, bread roll* )